The opportunity to pick up prehistoric stoneware and pottery from the rabbit hole from the guards of Skohom Island surprised the experts and hinted at a new chapter in the prehistory of this famous island.
Skokholm, nicknamed the “Island of Dreams”
The nearby Skomer Island is famous for its well-preserved prehistoric archeology. Everything changed in March 2021, when Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle, who were only staying on this enclosed island, moved from rabbits near the island’s hut Pick up a smooth rectangular stone from the outcrop of a rock in the cave.
The first discovery of hunting-gathering tools
The photo has been emailed to Dr. Toby Terry, an archaeologist at the Royal Commission for Wales. Members of the team worked on nearby Skomer Island and contacted Dr. Andrew David, an expert on prehistoric stone tools.
Andrew immediately realized the significance of this discovery: “These photos are obviously Mesolithic (Mesolithic) angled pebbles”, the tool is thought to have been used for tasks such as making seal skins for ships with covered skin Or processed shellfish and other foods in hunter and gatherer communities 6,000 to 9,000 years ago. “
“Although this type of tool is well known in mainland Pembrokeshire and Cornwall, as well as in the coastal areas of Scotland and northern France, this is the first example of Skokholm and the first Mesolithic occupation on the island. A strong piece of evidence.”
Dr. David, who has conducted excavations in similar locations in Pembrokeshire, said: “It is exciting to find an example in Skokholm.”
Funeral of the Bronze Age
Discovery did not stop there. In addition to picking up the second mesolithic pebble tool the next day, Richard and Giselle also noticed that large pieces of stoneware were kicked out of the same rabbit hole.
This time it was Jody Deacon, curator of prehistoric archaeology at Amgueddfa Cymru, the National Museum of Wales, who realized their importance. A large fragment in the thick-walled pot with a tangent on the top, probably the edge of the Ur vase in the early Bronze Age, usually associated with cremation funerals. The history of this burial urn can be traced back to between 2100 BC and 1750 BC, about 3750 years ago, and it is not uncommon in West Wales.
However, this is also the first type to appear on Skokholm Island or any western Pembrokeshire island.
Plan to explore the archaeology of Skokholm Island
Archaeologists Toby Driver and Louise Barker from the Royal Commission of Wales conducted archaeological investigations on the nearby islands of Skomer, Grassholm and Ramsey. In accordance with COVID restrictions, it is now planned to visit Skokholm with other experts later in 2021 to further explore these exciting findings.
Toby explained: “We know from the Royal Commission’s past aerial surveys and airborne laser scanning that Skokholm has some relics of prehistoric fields and settlements, although they have never been excavated.” Now, Skokholm Mu is making some amazing prehistoric discoveries. It seems that we may have built an early bronze tomb on a hunter-gatherer site in the Mesolithic age and were disturbed by rabbits. This is a sanctuary, and the huts on the island now stand there, apparently settled for thousands of years. Thanks to the keen eyes of the guards, we have the first confirmed Mesolithic tools and Skokholm’s first Bronze Age pottery. So far, we have no resemblance to big islands such as Skomer or Ramsay. Despite being locked, the Skokholm Guardian was able to share detailed photos and videos with experts across Wales. This means that we can all share the excitement of these new discoveries. ”
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Royal Council of Ancient Historic Sites of Wales: rcahmw.gov.uk/%20Amgueddfa%20Cymru%20%E2%80%93%20National%20Museum%20Wales:%20museum.wales/
Skokholm Island Archaeological Online Record: coflein.gov.uk/en/site/404211/?term=skokholm
Online record of early oil fields on Skokholm: coflein.gov.uk/en/site/415191/…mages /? term = skokholm
Provided by the South West Wales Wildlife Fund
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